Urban platypuses: threats and challenges (online)
Josh Griffiths is a wildlife ecologist with research groups cesar/EnviroDNA, specialising in the iconic platypus. Josh will discuss his work
The platypus was recently recommended for listing as 'Vulnerable' in Victoria due to mounting evidence of population declines, localised extinctions and increasing degradation of their aquatic habitat. Long-term monitoring by the Melbourne Water Urban Platypus program provided some of the key data behind the listing.
The Melbourne Water Urban Platypus Program is the largest monitoring program for platypuses and the only one in an urban environment that poses unique challenges to aquatic fauna. Widespread declines have been identified through long-term live-trapping and, more recently, environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys but some recovery is evident since the end of the Millennium Drought and improving waterway management.
Josh will discuss the status of platypuses in Melbourne (including the Banyule, Manningham and Nillumbik areas), their habitat requirements and threats, and what we can all do to help protect populations into the future.
Presented by Melbourne Water